Brown: Break will re-charge us

Saints coach Nathan Brown
Saints coach Nathan Brown

A nine-day break between fixtures has given coach Nathan Brownthe opportunity to give his players a few days off and hopefully recharge their batteries as the crucial part of the season looms on the horizon.

Brown said: “We have had a tough run over the past few weeks and the lads deserve a short break.

“We will then resume training and prepare for the next six weeks which will be vital to where we finish at the end of the regular season.”

He described the cup exit at Leeds as a downer, even though expressing the the view that they had lost to the best team in the competition, but iinsisted improvements still need to be made.

“We were developing for six weeks and then suffered injuries and changes to combinations. We forgot what we were good at so now need to continue and grow and also have our fair share of good luck.”

Of Thursday’s 48-18 home win over London, Brown said: “It wasn’t our best performance of the year but a decent result and puts us in a good position in the ladder with a great deal to look forward to for the rest of the year.”

At the same time, he acknowledged the contribution the Broncos had made to the game.

He said: “You have to take your hat off to London. I have watched four or five of their games and with what the club has gone through, the players still turn up with a smile, compete hard and never give up.”

Lewis Furlong notched a brace of tries and landed eight goals as Saints U16s crushed the London Broncos 60-16 on Saturday.

Other tries for the hosts came from Chris Follin 2, Josh Ganson 2 Rob Fairclough, Danny Lynch, Danny Heslop, Jack Highcock,and Matthew Costello.